The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is honoring a Shelbyville business for its long history of service. IHS proudly presents Sandman Brothers Inc., at 56 E. Broadway St., with a 2019 Centennial Business Award. The company will be recognized at IHS’s annual Founders Day dinner, Monday, Nov. 4, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
Sandman Brothers Inc. is known for selling cars, but the company got its start in 1918 as the Sandman Tire and Bicycle Shop. Chester and Bill Sandman founded the shop on East Washington Street in Shelbyville before eventually branching out to automobiles. After Bill’s passing, Chester decided to focus all his efforts into the automobile store, with the Broadway location serving customers for the past 80 years.
Today, three generations of Sandmans have played a role in the company’s success. Larry Sandman, Chester’s son, joined the business in 1961, and now, Larry’s sons, Burke, Brent and Blake, all work for Sandman Brothers.
As the business looks to the future, it is celebrating 100 years of successes and accomplishments. Along with the Centennial Business Award, Sandman Brothers celebrated as Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBraun issued a proclamation recognizing the 100th anniversary in 2018.
For more information about Sandman Brothers, visit www.sandmanbrothers.com.
About the Centennial Business Award
The Centennial Business Award is part of the Historic Business Register, founded in 1992 by trustees and members of IHS. It provides special recognition to Indiana companies continually in business for a century or more, encourages the preservation of historically significant business-related archival materials and develops increased awareness of Indiana’s rich business and industrial heritage. The Centennial Business Award is presented annually at IHS’s Founders Day dinner. The event, presented by Hirtle, Callaghan & Co., celebrates the accomplishments of historians, teachers, writers and businesses from around the state, as well as the work of IHS. For more information, call IHS at (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.
About the Indiana Historical Society
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.